Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship (Peadar O Liathain Cup) Final – Kerry 6-17 Roscommon 1-8

Kerry defeated Roscommon by 6-17 to 1-8 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship (Peadar O Liathain Cup) Final on Saturday September 5th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Fixture Details

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor B Championship – Peadar Ó Liatháin Cup Final
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 14:00
Ciarraí v Ros Comáin
Referee: Sean Cleere (Cill Chainnigh)
(E.T. if Necessary)

All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final – Galway 4-13 Tipperary 1-16

Galway defeated Tipperary by 4-13 to 1-16 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final on Sunday September 6th at Croke Park.


Minor: Galway power to another All-Ireland title

ELECTRIC IRELAND ALL-IRELAND MHC FINAL: GALWAY 4-13 TIPPERARY 1-16

Report from GAA.ie

Galway have secured a first All-Ireland minor title since 2011, and their 10th in total, with a thrilling victory over Tipperary at Croke Park. The sides were level at the break, but Jeffrey Lynskey’s young charges hit 2-2 without reply in four second half minutes to secure the Irish Press Cup.

Tipperary did come back late on and Tommy Nolan’s goal in the last minute ensured a nervy end for the Tribesboys, but Galway rounded off a terrific performance with a fourth goal through sub Michael Lynch in added time. Galway went into an early two-point lead thanks to two scores from their free-taker Evan Niland, but Tipperary were soon level as Lyndon Fairbrother and Tommy Nolan hot the target.

Tipperary had a superb chance to make the first real breakthrough on 13 minutes when centre-forward Garry Ryan broke clear of the Galway defence and forced a great reflex save from goalkeeper Darragh Gilligan. Brian McGrath landed the resultant 65 and then Fairbrother put Tipp ahead with another free. However, Galway hit back with a goal against the run of play – Jack Coyne’s effort dropped shot and Tipp corner back Jamie Quigley only managed to bat the ball into the path of Brian Concannon, whose sweetly struck shot nestled in the bottom corner.

Tipp leveled soon after through fine scores from Alan Tynan and Nolan, and it was tit for tat for the closing stages in the first half, as Fairbrother hit his fifth of the game to draw his side level at the break, 0-10 to 1-7. The start of the second half followed a similar patter, but Galway made a real surge when they struck 2-2 without reply in four minutes. Both goals were beautifully worked – Concannon delivered a precise handpass to Liam Forde, who was introduced as a sub just a minute earlier, and the Ardrahan man finished superbly with his first play of the game.

Niland then nailed a 65 and Galway snaffled a third goal on the 40 minute mark, as Cianan Fahy burst onto a pass at a great angle and nailed a rasping shot past Pádraic Hayes. Galway maintained that comfortable lead right up to the 59th minute when Nolan’s speculative effort found the back of the Galway net. Darragh Gilligan, the Galway ‘keeper, made a brilliant save to make sure the gap stayed at five points and then boys from the west sealed the win when Lynch buried a goal on the break in the second minute of added time.
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Scorers for Galway: Evan Niland 0-9 (0-8f), Brian Concannon 1-0, Cianan Fahy 1-0, Michael Lynch 1-0, Liam Forde 1-0, Jack Coyne 0-2, Thomas Monaghan 0-1, Seán Loftus 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: Lyndon Fairbrother 0-5 (0-4f), Tommy Nolan 1-2, Stephen Quirke 0-2 (0-1 sl), Brian McGrath 0-2 (0-1 sl), Cian Darcy 0-2 (0-2f), Alan Tynan 0-1, Darragh Peters 0-1 (0-1 65), Michael Connors 0-1.

GALWAY: Darragh Gilligan; Ciarán Connor, Jack Fitzpatrick, Shane Bannon; Caelom Mulry, Ian O’Brien, Andrew Greaney; Jack Coyne, Jack Grealish; Brian Concannon, Thomas Monaghan, Fintan Burke; Ciana Fahy, Evan Niland, Seán Loftus
Subs: Liam Forde for Fintan Burke (37), Cian Salmon for Cianan Fahy and Cillian McDaid for Ian O’Brien (both 54), Michael Lynch for Brian Concannon (59), Ross Malone for Andrew Greaney (63).

TIPPERARY: Padraic Hayes; Enda Heffernan, Emmet Moloney, James Quigley; Kevin Hassett, Brian McGrath, Darragh Peters; Stephen Quirke, Liam McCutcheon; Cian Darcy, Garry Ryan, Alan Tynan; Tommy Nolan, David Gleeson, Lyndon Fairbrother
Subs: Ruadhan Mulrooney for Liam McCutcheon (21), Jack Skehan for Garry Ryan (42), Michael Connors for Lyndon Fairbrother (45), Shane Neville for David Gleeson (55)

Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow)



Fixture Details

06.09.2015 (Sun)
Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 13:15
Gaillimh v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Ceatharlach)



Team News

Tipperary manager Liam Cahill has announced his team to play Galway in this Sunday’s Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final in Croke Park at 1.15pm. It shows one change to the side that defeated Dublin in the All-Ireland Semi-Final, with captain Stephen Quirke returning to midfield in place of the injured Darragh Carey, as his Tipperary side go on their quest for a twentieth title last won in 2012.

The team lines out as follows;

1. Pádraic Hayes (Ballingarry)
2. Enda Heffernan (Clonoulty Rossmore)
3. Emmet Moloney (Drom & Inch)
4. James Quigley (Kildangan)
5. Kevin Hassett (Drom & Inch)
6. Brian McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
7. Darragh Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
8. Stephen Quirke Capt. (Moyle Rovers)
9. Liam McCutcheon (Templederry Kenyons)
10. Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
11. Garry Ryan (Borrisokane)
12. Alan Tynan (Roscrea)
13. Tommy Nolan (Drom & Inch)
14. David Gleeson (Ballinahinch)
15. Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens)

Manager; Liam Cahill
Trainer/Coach; Michael Bevans
Selectors; John Sheedy, Sean Corbett, T.J. Ryan.

Galway

1. Darragh Gilligan (Craughwell)
2. Kieran O’Connor (Kilnadeema-Leitrim)
3. Jack Fitzpatrick (Killimordaly)
4. Shane Bannon (Clarinbridge)
5. Caelom Mulry (Abbeyknockmoy)
6. Ian O’Brien (Clarinbridge)
7. Andrew Greaney (Craughwell)
8. Jack Coyne (Castlegar)
9. Jack Grealish (Gort)
10. Brian Concannon (Killimordaly)
11. Thomas Monaghan (Craughwell)
12. Fintan Burke (St Thomas)
13. Cianan Fahy (Ardrahan)
14. Evan Niland (Clarinbridge)
15. Sean Loftus (Turloughmore)

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Final – Waterford 2-9 Kildare 1-5

Waterford defeated Kildare by 2-9 to 1-5 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Final on Sunday September 13th at Croke Park.


Waterford 2-9 Kildare 1-5

By Daragh Ó Conchúir

Waterford completed a memorable double by adding the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland intermediate camogie title to the Division 2 league crown they won earlier in the year.

That means that Stephen Fleming’s crew will be operating at the top table in both competitions next year and with five minors starting this game, it is evident that they are a force for the future.

They had to recover from a very slow start to record a third win over Kildare this season as the premier junior champions of 2013 made a bold bid for honours. In the end, it was two goals at either end of half time that decided the issue. While the scoring rate wasn’t particularly high, the heavy rain that persisted for most of the game had much to do with that.

So too did the defensive structures of both sides, with Kildare drawing two half-forwards deep and Niamh Rockett filling a similar role for Waterford. It was Kildare that started best with a third minute goal from Noelle Earley, followed by points from Melissa Lyons and Emer Reilly.

Waterford, starting with five minor players, gradually settled into the game though as Lorraine Bray and Trish Jackman got on top around midfield and scored 2-4 without reply. Beth Carton got them off the mark and she followed up from a free before Bray and Jennie Simpson reduced the margin to one

The first goal came in the 29th minute when Aisling Power showed good strength before rifling to the Kildare net. The second arrived two minutes into the second half, when Beth Carton sent a powerful shot beyond the Lilywhite defenders from an angled 20m free and it was Waterford’s to lose from that juncture.

Kildare tried hard but they just couldn’t get enough possession to the forwards that had looked so dangerous early on. It took until the 52nd minute for the Kildare captain, Susie O’Carroll to get her first score of the game, and though she followed up with another excellent effort three minutes later, it was Waterford that had the final say.

Fittingly, the closing credits featured midfield partners Jackman and Bray, with the former slotting a free before Bray profited from tremendous work by Carton to slot her third point from play, just as she was announced as player of the match.

Scorers – Waterford: B Carton 1-2(1-1fs); L Bray 0-3; A Power 1-0; T Jackman (f),J Simpson, N Morrissey, N Rockett 0-1 each
Kildare: N Earley 1-0; S O’Carroll (1f), M Lyons 0-2 each; E Reilly 0-1

Waterford: D Brennan, K McMahon, C Whyte, V Falconer, J Simpson, C Raher, I Heffernan, T Jackman, L Bray, C McGlone, N Morrissey, B Carton, D Power, N Rockett, A Power
Subs: S Curran for D Power (28), V O’Brien for Rockett (46), Rockett for Morrissey (48), C Murphy for McGlone (56)

Kildare: R O’Connell, C Flanagan, C Nolan, F Trant, A Lyons, R Gorman, C Farrell, C Forde, O Bambury, L Keatley, S Hurley, E Reilly, S O’Carroll, N Earley, M Lyons
Subs: H McDonnell for Forde (50), D Byrne for Trant (52)

Referee: J Byrne (Dublin)


Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final – Cork 1-13 Galway 0-9

Cork defeated Galway by 1-13 to 0-9 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final on Sunday September 13th at Croke Park.



Cork 1-13 Galway 0-9

By Daragh Ó Conchúir

It was considered improbable by most observers at the beginning of the season but champions Cork made it two Liberty Insurance All-Ireland senior camogie titles in a row with a resolutely professional performance at Croke Park.

Having lost 13 players from the panel that scaled the summit 12 months ago, nobody gave them a prayer of making a return. Only managing to emerge from their group in third place after defeats to Wexford and Galway, who had also accounted for them in the league decider, seemed to confirm that notion but not for the first time, they showed their mettle once it came to the knockout stages.

Briege Corkery settled the game with a 54th minute goal and brought her individual tally of All-Ireland senior medals to 15, six of which have come in camogie. That record is matched by team-mate Rena Buckley and the pair will be pursuing number 16 in the ladies football final in two weeks. Cork also move joint top of camogie’s championship roll of honour, with this victory bringing them alongside Dublin on 26 titles.

The Leesiders produced a wonderfully committed performance, with a number of standout showings. Gemma O’Connor and Orla Cotter were the real stars though, while Laura Treacy and team captain, Ashling Thompson produced wonderful displays too.

Thompson hailed the undying spirit of Paudie Murray’s squad. “Unless you break your legs, you have to keep going” she smiled. “This is what we came here to do. Every team gets a purple patch and we said that at half time. It was nil-nil again. Some people don’t even know the score. We never take any notice.

“We never threw in the towel and that’s the difference between Cork camogie and anyone else. When the going gets tough, who’s going to throw the towel in first and that certainly wasn’t us so we got the result we wanted today.”

Cork dominated the first half completely and should have led by more than four points (0-8 to 0-4) at the change of ends. Galway certainly seemed off the pace slightly in the first half as O’Connor hoovered up possession effortlessly, while Cotter came up with some big plays. Had they offloaded a little earlier having created a number of overlaps, they might have put Galway away.

Thompson got the champions off the mark with an early point and Cotter notched up the first three of seven points, with Niamh McGrath landing a brilliant equaliser from the left wing from Galway. That was to be the Tribeswomen’s only score from play until Aoife Donohue struck and they never carried a sufficient offensive threat.

McGrath, who scored all bar that Donohue point for Galway, kept Tony Ward’s team in touch but with Cotter and Corkery doing the business at the other end, it was double scores at the break. Galway thundered into the fray after the resumption though and three pointed frees McGrath, including one from just short of the 65m line, reduced the margin to one.

The challengers were in full flow now with Lorraine Ryan in no mood to yield, while Heather Cooney made a stunning block to deny a certain goal. Julia White also had a goal correctly ruled out for a square ball but Cotter came up with a big point from play to stop the rot and Cork never really looked back.

Once Corkery intercepted Shauna Healy’s attempted clearance and raced through to slot calmly to the Galway net, Cork opened their shoulders and Thompson landed a monstrous score late on, followed by a Katrina Mackey point to signal the start of the celebrations. “We love being the underdog” said Thompson. We should all really know better.

Scorers – Cork: O Cotter 0-7(5fs); B Corkery 1-1; A Thompson 0-2; O Cronin, A O’Connor, K Mackey 0-1 each
Galway: N McGrath 0-8(7fs); A Donohue 0-1

Cork: A Murray, P Mackey, L Treacy, L O’Sullivan, R Buckley, G O’Connor, M Cahalane, O Cotter, A Thompson, J White, O Cronin, K Mackey, H Looney, B Corkery, A O’Connor
Subs: E O’Sullivan for Looney (35); M Walsh for O’Sullivan (60+2)

Galway: S Earner, T Manton, S Dervan, H Cooney, S Coen, S Healy, L Ryan, N Kilkenny, C McGrath, A Donohue, N McGrath, F Keeley, C Finnerty, M Dunne, A O’Reilly
Subs: J Gill for Finnerty (ht), S Cahalan for Healy (58), R Hennelly for C McGrath (60+1)

Referee: R Kelly (Kildare)


Fixture Details

Sunday 13th September 2015
Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Final
Cork v Galway @ 4pm in Croke Park
Referee: Ray Kelly



Team News

Manager Paudie Murray has named an unchanged team from their Semi Final victory against Kilkenny.

It means Ballinhassig’s Eimear O’Sullivan misses out on a starting place, but last years Player of the Match will be a strong defensive option off the bench after her early return from injury.

This Rebel selection retains ten of last years All Ireland winning side, with Leanne O’Sullivan, Meadbh Cahalane, Orla Cronin, Amy O’Connor and Hannah Looney afforded the All Ireland Final appearance this year, and the opportunity to contribute towards bringing the O’Duffy Cup back Leeside.

The Cork Team in full is as follows;

1. Aoife Murray
2. Rena Buckley
3. Laura Treacy
4. Leanne O’Sullivan
5. Pamela Mackey
6. Gemma O’Connor
7. Meadbh Cahalane
8. Julia White
9. Ashling Thompson
10. Orla Cotter
11. Orla Cronin
12. Katrina Mackey
13. Breige Corkery
14. Amy O’Connor
15. Hannah Looney

Meanwhile, the Galway team shows one change, one enforced change see’s Finola Keeley replaces Emma Kilkelly who picked up a cruciate ligament injury in their semi final win over Wexford.

Here’s the Galway team in full –

1. Susan Earner
2. Therese Manton
3. Sarah Dervan
4. Heather Cooney
5. Siobhan Coen
6. Shauna Healy
7. Lorraine Ryan
8. Niamh Kilkenny
9. Clodagh McGrath
10. Aoife Donohue
11. Niamh McGrath
12. Finola Keeley
13. Catherine Finnerty
14. Molly Dunne
15. Ailish O’Reilly

All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling Final – Limerick 0-26 Wexford 1-7

Limerick defeated Wexford by 0-26 to 1-7 in the Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship Final on Saturday September 12th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Limerick ease to fifth All-Ireland U21 title

Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 hurling final: Limerick 0-26 Wexford 1-7

Report from GAA.ie

Limerick are Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 hurling champions for the first time since 2002. The rampant Shannonsiders overwhelmed Wexford by 16 points in Semple Stadium.

The Munster champions added national silverware with an impressive demolition job on the Slaneysiders, who were looking to win this competition for the first time since 1965. But on the night when the Cross of Cashel Cup was handed over for the last time, it was green and white ribbons flying as Diarmuid Byrnes hoisted it aloft.

In front of 18,445 spectators, Limerick had an impressive overall display, with their half back line exceptional. And for Limerick manager John Kiely, this was a sweet one as he was a member of the senior squad defeated by Wexford in 1996. Limerick’s big names were on fire this evening, including senior stars Cian Lynch and Tom Morrissey, but Barry Nash, a Leaving Cert student this summer, claimed the man of the match award after scoring five points from play.

A disappointing Wexford, runners-up for a second successive year, provided token resistance throughout. Conor McDonald scored 1-4, including a second half goal from a deceptive, dipping strike, but he had precious little support as the Leinster champions crumbled. Limerick were brilliant from start to finish, building on a seven-point half-time lead to claim the honours.

Limerick led by 0-11 to 0-4 at the end of a first half dominated by talk of goals that weren’t. Referee Johnny Ryan disallowed two, one for either side, after whistling back for frees when both teams could argue that advantage should have been played on each occasion.

Limerick were aggrieved first in the eleventh minute when Ronan Lynch netted after Oliver O’Leary batted away David Dempsey’s effort, but Ryan called play back for a 20m free. Three minutes before half-time, Wexford’s Kevin Foley had the ball in the Limerick net but Ryan, again, disallowed the score.

Wexford badly needed a fillip at that stage as they were struggling badly. The Slaneysiders endured a 17-minute barren spell on the scoreboard and by half-time, just one of their four points was registered from play. Limerick, in contrast, were rampant as Nash helped himself to four points from play.

Senior panellist Tom Morrissey and Pat Ryan chipped in with a brace of points each and Cian Lynch, in a roving commission, was also on target. Limerick opted for a two man inside line from the start, with Lynch given the licence to operate around the middle third.

After the McDonald goal, Limerick finished with a flourish by registering the final nine points of the game. They could even afford the luxury of tapping a late penalty over the bar, with Peter Casey opting for a point with the end result in no doubt.

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Scorers for Wexford: C McDonald 1-4 (0-3f, 0-1 sl), P Foley, A Kenny & C Dunbar 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: R Lynch 0-6 (5f), B Nash 0-5, T Morrissey 0-4, P Ryan, C Lynch & P Casey (0-1 pen) 0-3 each, D Byrnes 0-2 (1f).

WEXFORD: O O’Leary; S Donohoe, L Ryan, E Conroy; J White, P Foley, J O’Connor; C Devitt, T French; A Kenny, K Foley, J Cash; C Dunbar, C McDonald, P Sutton.
Subs: S Murphy for French (35), S Kenny for Devitt (41), S Kelly for K Foley (46), J Firman for Cash (54).

LIMERICK: D McCarthy; S Finn, R English, M Casey; D Byrnes, B O’Connell, G Hegarty; D O’Donovan, P Ryan; R Lynch, C Lynch, D Dempsey; C Ryan, T Morrissey, B Nash.
Subs: P Casey for C Ryan (50), A La-Touche Cosgrave for P Ryan (52), J Kelliher for R Lynch (55), M O’Callaghan for Finn (58), J Hannon for O’Donovan (59).

Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary)



Fixture Details

12.09.2015 (Sat)
Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 Championship Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 19:00
Luimneach v Loch Garman
Referee: Johnny Ryan (Tiobraid Árann)
(E.T. if Necessary)



Team News

LIMERICK: David McCarthy (Glenroe), Sean Finn (Bruff), Richie English (Doon), Michael Casey (Na Piarsaigh); Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), Barry O Connell (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks); Darragh O’Donovan (Doon), Pat Ryan (Doon); Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh); Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), Tom Morrissey (Ahane), Barry Nash (South Liberties)
Subs: Eoghan McNamara (Doon), Mark O’Callaghan (Knockaderry), Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), Jack Kelleher (Patrickswell), Sean Flanagan (Feohanagh), Jody Hannon (Adare), Liam O’Sullivan (Knockaderry), Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh), Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh)

WEXFORD (U21 v Limerick): Oliver O’Leary; Simon Donohue, Liam Ryan, Eoin Conroy; Jim White, Pádraig Foley, Jack O’Connor; Conor Devitt, Tony French; Andrew Kenny, Kevin Foley, James Cash; Cathal Dunbar, Conor McDonald, Peter Sutton



Ticket Information

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling U21 Championship Finals
Limerick v Wexford
Throw in 19:00pm

Under 21 B: Meath v Wicklow
Throw in 17:15pm

Ticket Information
Adults: €20.00
Juvenile (Under 16): €5.00
Student/OAP: €15 (available at the venue on match day with valid ID)

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Match Preview

LIMERICK OR WEXFORD FOR U-21 TITLE?

The All-Ireland senior title has gone to Kilkenny while the minor crown and intermediate crowns have gone to Galway, leaving the Bord Gais Energy U-21 titles to be decided next Saturday when Limerick play Wexford in the final at Semple Stadium (7.0).
It will be preceded at 5.15 by the Meath v Wicklow All-Ireland U-21B final. Both games will be shown live on TG4.

LIMERICK V WEXFORD
Limerick are bidding for their 5th U-21 title, having previously won in 1987-2000-2001-2002 while Wexford are seeking their second title, having won their first in 1965.


Paths to the Final

LIMERICK
Limerick 3-16 Tipperary 3-14 (Munster semi-final)
Limerick 0-22 Clare 0-19 (Munster final)
Limerick 1-20 Galway 0-17 (All-Ireland semi-final)

WEXFORD
Wexford 0-23 Kildare 0-14 (Leinster quarter-final)
Wexford 2-16 Offaly 1-12 (Leinster semi-final)
Wexford 4-17 Kilkenny 1-9 (Leinster final)
Wexford 1-21 Antrim 1-8 (All-Ireland semi-final)

All-Ireland Senior Football Final – Dublin 0-12 Kerry 0-9

Dublin defeated Kerry by 0-12 to 0-9 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday September 20th at Croke Park.


Dublin grind down Kerry to enter the Pantheon

ALL-IRELAND SFC FINAL: DUBLIN 0-12 KERRY 0-9

By Arthur Sullivan at Croke Park for GAA.ie

Some day, these days will be referred to as the rare oul times of Dublin GAA. Jim Gavin’s side ground down Kerry in Sunday’s All-Ireland final, claiming a third All-Ireland title in the space of five seasons and thus entering that space reserved for the truly great sides.

Although the great Dublin side managed by Kevin Heffernan won three All-Irelands in four seasons, this modern day side can now justifiably claim to have equalled their deeds and the likes of Paul Flynn, Bernard Brogan, Stephen Cluxton, Michael Darragh Macauley and many others now have three All-Ireland medals to their name.

It was not a glorious final, the grim weather conditions and high stakes of the occasion ensuring a low-scoring contest. That said, even though they only won by three points, Dublin were by a distance the better side and should have wrapped up the game sooner than they did.

After dominating the second quarter, Dublin led by four at the break and although Darran O’Sullivan, introduced at the break, made a difference for Kerry at the start of the second half, it didn’t take Dublin long to get back on top again. They went four clear with 20 minutes to go and had a particularly dominant spell around that period which should have yielded what would have been a match-killing goal. Brian Fenton came closest, hitting the post after powering through, and in the end the goal never came. It didn’t matter though.

Kerry got back within two points following scores from James O’Donoghue and O’Sullivan, and a series of Dublin wides raised the tension levels in Croke Park. With 15 minutes to go, there was a growing sense that the match was on a knife-edge and that Kerry could yet overhaul Dublin.

But Dublin held firm and Kerry, who never really got into the game, faded out. Paul Flynn’s second point of the half proved vital as it put them three clear, but then came the decisive moment of the game. A throw-up close to the Dublin goal was palmed by Kieran Donaghy into the path of Killian Young. Young looked certain to fire to the net, but he mishandled at the key moment and Dublin broke. Alan Brogan, just on the field as a substitute, finished the move with a classy score to send Dublin four clear. A four point swing in less than a minute. Kerry needed a goal to rescue it, but they didn’t come close again and Dublin held out, deservedly, for victory.

With a soft sheet of misty rain falling at the start of the game, it wasn’t a surprise that the opening quarter was littered with handling errors. In the testing conditions, a poor opening to the game ensued. Dublin started the game strongly, and had two points on the board by the end of the first five minutes, Brian Fenton pointing after just 18 seconds and Dean Rock slotting a freely shortly afterwards.

However, Dublin’s kicking game started to unravel on the slippy pitch and with James O’Donoghue influential in the Kerry attack, coming out the field for possession-gathering, the Munster side had a purple patch in the next 10 minutes. O’Donoghue and Geaney kicked two clever scores to draw Kerry level and then O’Donoghue hit his second to put them ahead. Rock levelled with a free at the end of the first quarter and then, a significant moment.

Rock called Stephen Cluxton up to kick a long range free on the left and the goalkeeper planted the kick between the posts – a welcome boost to his kicking confidence. Geaney levelled shortly afterwards but Dublin controlled the rest of the half. With their defence growing increasingly influential, winning their individual battles and dictating the ebb and flow of attacks. Bernard Brogan kicked Dublin ahead with a magical score on the turn and then McCaffrey, rampaging forward, kicked an excellent score to open up a two point lead for the first time in the game.

Philly McMahon scored the point of the half moments later, driving forward and splitting the posts from an extremely tight angle on the right wing, beside the Hogan Stand and into the Canal End. When Paddy Andrews pointed moments later, Dublin were four clear. They had a chance to go five clear just before the break through Ciarán Kilkenny, and although his shot dropped into Brendan Kealy’s hands, the situation was clear – Kerry needed to do something fast.

Fitzmaurice acted, and brought Darran O’Sullivan into the attack in place of Stephen O’Brien. He made an instant impact, setting up a Jonathan Lyne point and then firing over himself to cut the gap to two points early in the second half. But Dublin didn’t wobble and a Bernard Brogan free, followed by a Flynn point, put them four clear as the game entered the final quarter. Dublin had chances to kill the game in this period, but they kicked a number of wides and also failed to find the net when chances were there.

O’Sullivan got Kerry to within two again with 15 minutes to go, and tension levels grew as it looked as though Kerry could find a way back in despite having been outplayed for most of the game. But Dublin have the real measure of champions and they closed out the game well, with just one blip – that goal chance for Young. When that was spurned, the result seemed inevitable.

Alan Brogan’s point put Dublin four clear with time almost up, and a scrappy closing few minutes, dominated by lengthy breaks in play, suited Dublin as they moved inexorably towards victory.

***

Scorers for Dublin: P Flynn 0-2, B Brogan 0-2 (1f), D Rock 0-2 (2f), B Fenton 0-1, S Cluxton 0-1 (1f), J McCaffrey 0-1, P Andrews 0-1, P McMahon 0-1, A Brogan 0-1

Scorers for Kerry: J O’Donoghue 0-3, D O’Sullivan 0-2, P Geaney 0-2, J Lyne 0-1, B Sheehan 0-1 (1f).

DUBLIN: Stephen Cluxton; Philly McMahon, Rory O’Carroll, Jonny Cooper; James McCarthy, Cian O’Sullivan, Jack McCaffrey; Brian Fenton, Denis Bastick; Paul Flynn, Diarmuid Connolly, Ciarán Kilkenny; Paddy Andrews, Dean Rock, Bernard Brogan
Subs: Kevin McManamon for D Rock (HT), Michael Darragh Macauley for D Bastick (40), Michael Fitzsimons for J Cooper (49), John Small for J McCaffrey (53), Darren Daly for C O’Sullivan (61), Alan Brogan for B Fenton (67)

KERRY: Brendan Kealy; Fionn Fitzgerald, Aidan O’Mahony, Shane Enright; Jonathan Lyne, Peter Crowley, Killian Young; Anthony Maher, David Moran; Stephen O’Brien, Johnny Buckley, Donnchadh Walsh; Colm Cooper, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue
Subs: Darran O’Sullivan for S O’Brien (HT), Bryan Sheehan for J Buckley (44), K Donaghy for P Geaney (50), Paul Galvin for D Moran (57), Paul Murphy for Aidan O’Mahony (BC, 59), Barry John Keane for J O’Donoghue (61).



Fixture Details

20.09.2015 (Sun)
GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 15:30
Áth Cliath v Ciarraí
Referee: David Coldrick (An Mhí)



Team News

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Dublin in the All Ireland Football Final in Croke Park on Sunday next at 3:30pm shows three changes in personnel from the side that defeated Tyrone in the semi final. Fionn Fitzgerald and Aidan O’Mahony come into the full back line instead of Paul Murphy and Marc Ó Sé while Paul Geaney takes over from Kieran Donaghy in the full forward position.

The team, captained by David Moran is as follows:
1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
2. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes
3. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore
4. Shane Enright Tarbert
5. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion
6. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers
7. Killian Young Renard
8. Anthony Maher Duagh
9. David Moran (C) Kerins O’Rahillys
10. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare
11. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes
12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes
14. Paul Geaney Dingle
15. James O’Donoghue Killarney Legion
Fir Ionaid
16. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion
17. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks
18. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
19. Paul Murphy Rathmore
20. Bryan Sheehan St Marys
21. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
22. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh-Glencar
23. Paul Galvin Finuge
24. Tommy Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys
25. Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh/Glencar
26. Alan Fitzgerald Castlegregory

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)
Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Cian O’Neill (Moorefield, Kildare).
On Field Medical Team for Sunday:
Dr Linda O’Callaghan
Ed Harnett (Physio)

Additional Information:
Additional Squad Members
Mark Griffin St Michaels-Foilmore
Jack Sherwood Firies
Padraig O’Connor Killarney Legion
Philip O’Connor Cordal
Michael Geaney Dingle (Injured)
Kieran O’Leary Dr Crokes (Injured)

Backroom Team
S & C Coach & Rehab – Padraig Corcoran –
Nutritionist – Kevin Beasley
Physiotherapists – Eddie Harnett, Ger Keane and Brian O’Dwyer
Performance Analysts – Paudie McCarthy, Pat Duffy and Jason McGahan
Doctors – Dr Linda O’Callaghan and Dr John Rice
Logistics – Niall O’Callaghan, Vincent Linnane and Eddie Walsh

11 of the Starting 15 for Sunday started in the All Ireland defeat of Donegal in last year’s final – Brendan Kealy, Shane Enright, Jonathan Lyne and Colm Cooper being the odd ones out. Aidan O’Mahony made his Championship debut back in 2004 against Clare and has made 66 championship appearances for Kerry. Paul Geaney made his Championship debut for Kerry in 2013 against Cavan having made his League debut two years earlier. He is Kerry’s leading scorer in this year’s Championship to date. Colm Cooper played his 81st Championship game for Kerry in the Semi Final – he joins the 3 Ó Sé’s on 80 Championship appearances or over.

The Lynes of Cleeney, within earshot of the Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney, are a very well known footballing family who played their Club Football with Killarney Legion. Denny, Jackie and Fr Mickey all won All Irelands with Kerry at senior level – and Denny captained Kerry in the Polo Grounds final in ’47, a game in which Jackie also played. Jackie went on to train Kerry to 2 All Ireland titles in ’69 and ’70. Their sister, Maura, married Tom Spillane and was of course mother of Pat, Mick and Tom of Kerry Golden Years fame – Sunday’s No. 5 Jonathan Lyne is a grandson of Denny Lyne. Jonathan, who made his Championship debut against Clare in 2012, made his full championship debut against Tipperary in this year’s semi final, and started in all of Kerry’s seven AFL games this season.

Marc Ó Sé, who played his 85th Championship game for Kerry in the Semi Final is now in second place on that honours list, 3 behind his other sibling, Tomás, who played 88 championship games for Kerry which is a record.



PATHS TO THE SENIOR FINAL

DUBLIN
Dublin 4-25 Longford 0-10 (Leinster quarter-final)
Dublin 5-18 Kildare 0-14 (Leinster semi-final)
Dublin 2-13 Westmeath 0-6 (Leinster final)
Dublin 2-23 Fermanagh 2-15 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Dublin 2-12 Mayo 1-15 (All-Ireland semi-final)
Dublin 3-15 Mayo 1-14 (All-Ireland semi-final) Replay
Average For: 3-18; Average Against: 1-11

DUBLIN SCORERS
Bernard Brogan…………… 6-19
Dean Rock………………….. 2-21 (0-12 frees, 0-3 ‘45s’)
Diarmuid Connolly……….4-10 (2-0 penalties, 0-1 free)
Ciaran Kilkenny……………0-18
Paul Flynn……………………2-04
Kevin McManamon………2-07
Alan Brogan…………………0-05
Jack McCaffrey…………….1-01
Philly McMahon…………..1-05
Brian Fenton…………………0-03
Paddy Andrews…………….0-08
James McCarthy……………0-02
Tomas Brady………………..0-01
Eric Lowndes……………….0-01
MD Macauley………………0-01

KERRY
Kerry 2-14 Tipperary 2-8 (Munster semi-final)
Kerry 2-15 Cork 3-12 (Munster final)
Kerry 1-11 Cork 1-6 (Munster final replay)
Kerry 7-16 Kildare 0-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Kerry 0-18 Tyrone 1-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)
Average For: 2-16; Average Against: 1-11

Kerry Scorers
Bryan Sheehan……………..0-17 (0-12 frees)
Colm Cooper………………. 2-09 (0-3 frees)
Paul Geaney……………….. 2-08 (0-1 free)
Barry John Keane………… 2-08 (0-1 free)
James O’Donoghue……… 1-10 (1-0 penalty, 0-3 frees, 0-1 ‘45’))
Stephen O’Brien………….. 1-07
Darran O’Sullivan……….. 2-01
Donnchadh Walsh……….. 1-03
Johnny Buckley…………… 0-04
Kieran Donaghy………….. 1-01
Anthony Maher…………… 0-03
Michael Geaney………….. 0-01
Fionn Fitzgerald………….. 0-01
Jonathon Lyne…………….. 0-01


DUBLIN v KERRY: CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
This will be the 28th championship meeting between the counties since they first met in 1892. Kerry have won 17 times to Dublin’s eight while there were two draws from the previous 27 clashes.
2013: Dublin 3-18 Kerry 3-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2011: Dublin 1-12 Kerry 1-11 (All-Ireland final)
2009: Kerry 1-24 Dublin 1-7 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2007: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 0-16 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2004: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 1-8 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2001: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 1-12 (All-Ireland quarter-final replay)
2001: Kerry 1-14 Dublin 2-11 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
1985: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 2-8 (All-Ireland final)
1984: Kerry 0-14 Dublin 1-6 (All-Ireland final)
1979: Kerry 3-13 Dublin 1-8 (All-Ireland final)
1978: Kerry 5-11 Dublin 0-9 (All-Ireland final)
1977: Dublin 3-12 Kerry 1-13 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1976: Dublin 3-8 Kerry 0-10 (All-Ireland final)
1975: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 0-11 (All-Ireland final)
1965: Kerry 4-8 Dublin 2-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1962: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 0-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1959: Kerry 1-10 Dublin 2-5 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1955: Kerry 0-12 Dublin 1-6 (All-Ireland final)
1941: Kerry 2-9 Dublin 0-3 (All-Ireland semi-final replay)
1941: Kerry 0-4 Dublin 0-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1934: Dublin 3-8 Kerry 0-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1932: Kerry 1-3 Dublin 1-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1924: Kerry 0-4 Dublin 0-3 (All-Ireland final)
1923: Dublin 1-5 Kerry 1-3 (All-Ireland final)
1908: Dublin 0-10 Kerry 0-3 (All-Ireland final)
1904: Kerry 0-5 Dublin 0-2 (All-Ireland final)
1892 Dublin 1-4 Kerry 0-3 (All-Ireland final)


DUBLIN-KERRY ALL-IRELAND FINALS
They have met in thirteen All-Ireland finals with the score 8-5 in Kerry’s favour
2011: Dublin 1-12 Kerry 1-11
1985: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 2-8
1984: Kerry 0-14 Dublin 1-6
1979: Kerry 3-13 Dublin 1-8
1978: Kerry 5-11 Dublin 0-9
1976: Dublin 3-8 Kerry 0-10
1975: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 0-11
1955: Kerry 0-12 Dublin 1-6
1924: Kerry 0-4 Dublin 0-3
1923: Dublin 1-5 Kerry 1-3
1908: Dublin 0-10 Kerry 0-3
1904: Kerry 0-5 Dublin 0-2
1892: Dublin 1-4 Kerry 0-3


Last Championship Clash…
Dublin 3-18 Kerry 3-11 (2013 All-Ireland semi-final)
Two late goals by Kevin McManamon and Eoghan O’Gara and a point by Diarmuid Connolly gave Dublin a seven-point win after the sides were level in the 67th minute. It was a classic contest all through on a day when only six points of the 6-29 total came from frees. Kerry led by 3-5 to 1-9 at half-time.

Dublin: S Cluxton (0-1 free); Kevin O’Brien, Rory O’Carroll, Jonny Cooper; James McCarthy, Ger Brennan, Jack McCaffrey; Michael Darragh Macauley (0-1), Cian O’Sullivan (0-1); Paul Flynn, Ciaran Kilkenny (0-1), Diarmuid Connolly (0-4, 0-1 free); Paul Mannion (1-0), Paddy Andrews (0-1), Bernard Brogan (0-6, 0-2 frees).
Subs: Philly McMahon (0-1) for O’Brien; Denis Bastick for Brennan; Dean Rock (0-2) for Kilkenny), Eoghan O’Gara (1-0) for Mannion; Kevin McManamon (1-0) for Brogan.

Kerry: Brendan Kealy; Marc O Se, Mark Griffin, Shane Enright; Tomas O Se, Fionn Fitzgerald, Peter Crowley; Anthony Maher, Johnny Buckley; Donnchadh Walsh (1-0), Colm Cooper (0-4, 0-2 frees), Paul Galvin (0-2); Darran O’Sullivan (0-1), Declan O’Sullivan (0-1), James O’Donoghue (2-3).
Subs: David Moran for Buckley; Eoin Brosnan for Enright; Kieran Donaghy for Galvin; Aidan O’Mahony for Griffin; Jack Sherwood for Crowley.


GAA ALL-IRELAND SF ROLL OF HONOUR
37 – Kerry (1903-04-09-13-14-24-26-29-30-31-32-37-39-40-41-46-53-55-59-62-69-70-75-78-79-80-81-84-85-86-97-2000-2004-2006-2007-2009-2014)
24 – Dublin (1891-92-97-98-99-1901-02-06-07-08-21-22-23-42-58-63-74-76-77-83-95-2011-2013)
9 – Galway (1925-34-38-56-64-65-66-98-2001)
7 – Meath (1949-54-67-87-88-96-99)
7 – Cork (1890-1911-45-73-89-90-2010)
5 – Down (1960-61-68-91-94)
5 – Cavan (1933-35-47-48-52)
5 – Wexford (1893-1915-16-17-18)
4 – Kildare (1905-19-27-28)
4- Tipperary (1889-95-1900-1920)
3 – Louth (1910-12-57)
3 – Mayo (1936-50-51)
3 – Offaly (1971-72-82)
3- Tyrone (2003-2005-2008)
2- Donegal (1992-2012)
2 – Limerick (1887-1896)
2 – Roscommon (1943-44)
1 – Armagh (2002)
1 – Derry (1993)


ALL-IRELAND FINAL SHORTS
 Éamonn Fitzmaurice is in his third season as Kerry manager, leading them to Munster titles in 2013-2014-2015 and to last year’s All-Ireland title. Kerry’s championship record under Fitzmaurice reads: Played 16; Won 13, Drew 2, Lost 1. The defeat came against Dublin in the 2013 semi-final.
 Jim Gavin is also his third season as Dublin manager, leading them to Leinster titles in 2013-2014-2015 and to the 2013 All-Ireland title. Dublin’s championship record under Gavin reads: Played 17; Won 15, Drew 1, Lost 1. The only defeat was against Donegal in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final.
 The last competitive clash between Dublin and Kerry was in this year’s Allianz Football League on March 1 last when Kerry won by 0-15 to 1-10 in Killarney.
 This is the fifth successive year that the All-Ireland final will be contested by provincial winners. The last final not involving provincial winners was Cork vs Down in 2010.


Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Final – Kerry 4-14 Tipperary 0-6

Kerry defeated Tipperary by 4-14 to 0-6 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Final on Sunday September 20th at Croke Park.



Report: Kerry blitz Tipperary in minor final

ALL-IRELAND MFC FINAL: KERRY 4-14 TIPPERARY 0-6

By Peter Sweeney at Croke Park for GAA.ie

Kerry eased their way to back-to-back All-Ireland Minor Football Championship titles with a big win over Tipperary in the final at Croke Park on Sunday.

The Kingdom had a surprisingly poor underage record over most of the past decade, but their production line has really kicked into action. Under the management of Jack O’Connor, who guided the county to three Sam Maguire titles, they have taken the U18 crown two years in-a-row.

In his two seasons in charge Kerry haven’t lost a competitive match, they have won a perfect 12 from 12 and claimed two All-Ireland championships. This was O’Connor’s last match with the minors and next season he moves back up to the U21s to try to revive their fortunes at that grade.

His team oozed class and having done the dirty work during the first half the second period was largely exhibition-style football. It was tough on Tipperary, who have done such good work at underage football level over the past few years. Five of the starting team, and eight of the panel, were on the Premier County side that lost the All-Ireland minor final to Galway a fortnight previously. They showed brief flashes of the ability and grit that got them this far, with many of their points coming out of the top drawer. There just wasn’t enough of them coming to stop the onslaught.

Centre-forward Alan Tynan, who was part of the hurling team and who won a Leinster Senior Cup with Roscrea in rugby this year, was particularly impressive and picked off two superb points. Tipperary were blown out of the water by Kerry in the Munster minor final back at the start of July so they would been keenly aware of the need for a good start. They were unable to manufacture this however and the Kingdom were on top from the off.

In the first five minutes Tipp hit two shots short, dropping into the arms of keeper Billy Courtney, hit the post with a close-range free and hit the post. This was the theme for the day for them as they slipped further and further behind. Kerry didn’t have their shooting boots on in the opening quarter either and when Tipp hit two points either side of the 15-minute mark it left them just two down, 0-4 to 0-2. Any hope that this might turn into a contest though were killed off on 18 minutes when Bryan Sweeney got the first goal of the game.

A high ball into the danger area was broken down to the waiting Sean O’Shea, who knew exactly what to do. He fed Sweeney and the mobile full-forward made no mistake. Six minutes before the break Conor Geaney, a sparkling forward and first cousin of seniors Paul and Michael, appeared to shoot wide.

But referee David Gough ruled that he was bundled over just as he pulled the trigger and the penalty kick was awarded. Geaney sent keeper Charlie Manton the wrong way with a cool finish low to the right hand corner of the net. At this stage of the Munster final at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney Tipperary were nine points down. It was worse in Croke Park – 25 minutes gone and eleven down, 2-7 to 0-2.

Tipp’s main problems were around the middle of of the park, where they struggled to get hands on the ball, particularly from their own restarts. Kerry’s middle men Mark O’Connor and John Mark Foley, who both scored points from play in the first half, were dominant and some of their high-fielding was brilliant to watch. They laid the platform for a healthy 2-8 to 0-4 half-time lead.

The second half was a procession for Kerry, Geaney converting another penalty to bring his personal tally to 2-4, after Michael Foley got their third goal when he palmed home a Brandon Barrett centre.

***

Scorers for Kerry: C Geaney 2-4 (2-0 pen, 1f); B Sweeney 1-1, Michael Foley 1-0, S O’Shea 0-2, J Duggan 0-2 (1f), M O’Connor 0-1, JM Foley 0-1, B Barrett 0-1, B Ó Seanacháin 0-1, S O’Sullivan 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: A Tynan 0-2, T Nolan 0-2, B McGrath 0-1, J Kennedy 0-1 (1 ’45’)

KERRY: Billy Courtney; Darren Brosnan, Jason Foley, Tom O’Sullivan; Jack Moran, Andrew Barry, Gavin White; Mark O’Connor, John Mark Foley; Brian O Seanchain, Sean O’Shea, Brandon Barrett; Michael Foley, Bryan Sweeney, Conor Geaney
Subs: Stephen O’Sullivan for Barrett (40); James Duggan for M Foley (46); Mike Breen for JM Foley (46); Daniel O’Brien for T O’Sullivan (46); Dara O Se for Brosnan (52); Graham O’Sullivan for Morgan (52).

TIPPERARY: Charlie Manton; Tadhg Fitzgerald Jack Shehan, Tommy Lowry; Danny Owens, Liam Fahy, Emmet Moloney; Jack Kennedy, Tommy Nolan; Aidan Buckely, Alan Tynan, Colin English; Stephen Quirke, Brian McGrath, Brendan Martin
Subs: Jamie Bergin for English (HT); Ross Peters for Buckley (HT); Morgan Irwin for Fitzgerald (BC, 43); Mark Kehoe for McGrath (45); G Whelan for Moloney (52); Conor Cashman for Martin (56).

Referee: David Gough (Meath)




Fixture Details

20.09.2015 (Sun)
GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final
Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 13:15
Ciarraí v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: David Gough (An Mhí)



Team News

The Tipperary team to play Kerry in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Final in Croke Park on Sunday next, September 20th, at 1.15pm has been announced.

Coming on the back of an excellent win over Kildare in the semi-final, manager Charlie McGeever has made one change to the starting line-up from the last day with the fully fit again Stephen Quirke coming in at top of the right. His fellow club man from Moyle Rovers Danny Owens once again leads out his Tipperary side.

The team is as follows;

1. Charlie Manton (Fethard)
2. Tadhg Fitzgerald (Moyle Rovers)
3. Jack Skehan (Holycross Ballycahill)
4. Tommy Lowry (Arravale Rovers)
5. Danny Owens Capt. (Moyle Rovers)
6. Liam Fahy (Rockwell Rovers)
7. Emmet Moloney (Drom & Inch)
8. Jack Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials)
9. Tommy Nolan (Drom & Inch)
10. Aidan Buckley (St. Patricks)
11. Alan Tynan (Inane Rovers)
12. Colin English (Fr. Sheehys)
13. Stephen Quirke (Moyle Rovers)
14. Brian McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
15. Brendan Martin (Kilsheelan Kilcash)

Manager: Charlie McGeever
Selectors: Shane Stapleton, Kieran Healy, Michael O’Sullivan, Niall Fitzgerald, Michael Power.

The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Tipperary in the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Football Championship Final in Croke Park on Sunday next shows two personnel and a number of positional changes from the side that defeated Derry in the Semi Final – Tom O’Sullivan and Captain, Mark O’Connor, come into the side at corner back and midfield respectively, Andrew Barry reverts to centre back with Mike Breen and Daniel O’Brien the players to lose out.

The team, captained by Dingle’s Mark O’Connor is as follows:
1. Billy Courtney Dr. Crokes
2. Darren Brosnan Gneeveguilla
3. Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
4. Tom O’Sullivan Dingle
5. Jack Morgan Austin Stacks
6. Andrew Barry Na Gaeil
7. Gavin White Dr. Crokes
8. Mark O’Connor (C) Dingle
9. John Mark Foley Kilgarvan
10. Brian Ó Seanacháin Ballydonoghue
11. Sean O’Shea Kenmare
12. Brandon Barrett Ardfert
13. Michael Foley Spa
14. Bryan Sweeney Listowel Emmets
15. Conor Geaney Dingle
Fir Ionaid
16. Eoghan O’Brien Churchill
17. Mike Breen Beaufort
18. Daniel O’Brien Glenflesk
19. Stephen O’Sullivan Templenoe
20. Dara O’Shea Kenmare
21. James Duggan John Mitchels
22. Graham O’Sullivan Dromid Pearses
23. Ronan Buckley Listry
24. Evan Cronin Spa

Additional Players on the Kerry Minor Panel
Jack Goulding (Ballyduff), David Shaw (Dr Crokes), Niall Collins (Listowel Emmets), David Roche (Milltown-Castlemaine), Michael Reidy (Ballymacelligott), Ferdia O’Brien (Austin Stacks),
Injured Player: Cormac Linnane (Beale),

Bainistíocht:
Bainisteoir: Jack O’Connor (Dromid Pearses)
Roghnoirí: Micheál O’Shea (Castlegregory), Eamon Whelan (St Senans).
Treanalaí: Alan O’Sullivan and Arthur Fitzgerald.
Captain: Mark O’Connor (Dingle)
Kitman: Ger O’ Mahony,
Physio: Kieran O’Shea,
Liaison Officer: Christy Killeen

The Kerry team contains just two of the side that defeated Donegal in the All Ireland Minor Final last year – Andrew Barry and Mark O’Connor. Both Jason Foley and Jack Morgan, substitutes last year, are named in the full back line while Stephen O’Sullivan, who was introduced as a sub in all of Kerry’s games last year is listed among the substitutes. When these two sides met in the Munster Final in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney on July 5th, Kerry won by 2-14 to 1-11 having led by 2-8 to 0-6 at half time.

Mark O’Connor and Conor Geaney both have 2 Hogan Cup All Ireland Colleges Medals and 3 Corn Uí Mhuirí Munster Colleges medals won with Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne. Mark was Man of the Match in both Hogan Cup victories – against St Pats Maghera in 2014 and Roscommon CBS 2015. Tom O’Sullivan was also on the 2015 PSCD side.



ALL-MUNSTER PAIRINGS IN MINOR DECIDER

The minor final is a repeat of the Munster final where Kerry beat Tipperary by 2-14 to 1-11. Kerry led by 2-5 to 0-3 after 16 minutes and while Tipperary battled back, they had left themselves with too much to do. However, they recovered well, beating Connacht champions, Galway in the All-Ireland quarter-final and Leinster champions, Kildare in the semi-final.

Kerry beat Connacht runners-up, Sligo in the quarter-final and Ulster champions Derry in the semi-final. Kerry, who are seeking their 13th titles, are bidding to retain the All-Ireland, having beaten Donegal in last year’s final. Tipperary, who last won the title in 2011, are bidding for their third All-Ireland crown.


PATHS TO THE FINAL

KERRY
Kerry 0-14 Clare 0-3
Kerry 0-16 Cork 1-12
Kerry 2-14 Tipperary 1-11 (Munster final)
Kerry 2-12 Sligo 1-6 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Kerry 1-11 Derry 1-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)

TIPPERARY
Tipperary 2-16 Waterford 1-7
Tipperary 0-16 Clare 2-9
Kerry 2-14 Tipperary 1-11 (Munster final)
Tipperary 1-10 Galway 0-6 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Tipperary 0-11 Kildare 0-9 (All-Ireland semi-final)


All-Ireland MF Roll of Honour
12 – Kerry (1931-32-33-46-50-62-63-75-80-88-94-2014)
11 – Dublin (1930-45-54-55-56-58-59-79-82-84-2012)
10 – Cork (1961-67-68-69-72-74-81-91-93-2000)
08 – Tyrone (1947-48-73-98-2001-2004-2008-2010)
07 – Mayo (1935-53-66-71-78-85-2013)
06 – Galway (1952-60-70-76-86-2007)
04 – Derry (1965-83-89-2002)
04 – Down (1977-87-99-2005)
04 – Roscommon (1939-41-51-2006)
03 – Laois (1996-97-2003)
03 – Meath (1957-90-92)
02 – Cavan (1937-38)
02 – Louth (1936-40)
02 – Armagh (1949-2009)
02 – Tipperary (1934-2011)
01 – Clare (1929)
01 – Offaly (1964)
01 – Westmeath (1995)

Kerry Senior Hurling Championship Final – Kilmoyley 3-15 St Brendan’s Ardfert 1-13

Kilmoyley defeated St. Brendans by 3-15 to 1-13 in the Kerry Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday September 27th at Abbeydorney.


Collins stars as Kilmoyley take Kerry honours

Kilmoyley 3-15 St Brendan’s Ardfert 1-13

By Murt Murphy

Kilmoyley have captured their 23rd Kerry Senior Hurling Championship title after they put St Brendan’s Ardfert to the sword in ideal conditions in Abbeydorney.

The win sees Kilmoyley move to within one of championship table toppers Ballyduff. It was vintage Kilmoyley in the opening half as they completely outplayed a St Brendan’s side who were labouring up front, while John Meyler’s men were ruthless at the other end.

Kerry senior star Daniel Collins, who ironically won an All-Ireland Club Football title with opponents Ardfert last February, tormented St Brendan’s along with Paudie O’Connor and Adrian Royle. St Brendan’s enjoyed a brief period of supremacy in the opening five minutes thanks to two John Egan points, but it was merely a blip as Kilmoyley took over and points from Daniel Collins and Paudie O’Connor steadied the ship, before a long-range free from Collins went all the way to the net in the 15th minute.

St Brendan’s were reliant on Egan for scores, while Collins punished the Ardfert side with unerring accuracy from placed balls, adding four points. Scores from Sean Maunsell, James McCarthy and Paudie O’Connor left Kilmoyley 1-10 to 0-6 ahead at the interval.

St Brendan’s rallied briefly after half time, with three early Egan points, but their world fell apart when Kilmoyley veteran Micheal Regan finished to the net in the 40th minute. Any hopes of a St Brendan’s revival were dashed when Egan received a second yellow midway through the half and that was that.

Darren Wallace did get a consolation goal for the losers, but man of match Daniel Collins completed the Kilmoyley rout with a 58th goal as they won their first title since 2009.

St Brendan’s: D Delaney; C Flaherty, R Horgan, F Horgan, S Leen, E Corridan, K Orpen; D Dineen (0-02s/l), F Mackessy; K Skinner, T Hannafin, D Griffin, E Leen (0-02), C Hussey, J Egan (0-08, )-06f).
Subs: K Hannafin (0-01) for T Hannafin (h/t), D Wallace (1-00) for K Skinner (41), J Wallace for E Corridan (45).

Kilmoyley: A McCabe; S Murnane, S Dowling, S Nolan , F McCarthy, D Fitzelle, T Murnane; James Godley, J Brick; J McCarthy (0-01), S Maunsell (0-02), R Collins, P O’Connor (0-02), A Royle, D Collins (2-10, 1-09f).
Subs: M Regan (1-00) for A Royle (21), M O’Connor for J Brick (50), I Brick for P O’Connor (59), T Maunsell for R Collins (59).

Referee: J Mullins (Limerick)


TG4 Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Final – Waterford 3-14 Kildare 0-10

Waterford defeated Kildare by 3-14 o 0-10 in the TG4 Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Final on Sunday September 27th at Croke Park.


TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate football final

Waterford 3-14 Kildare 0-10

By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park

PAT Sullivan’s superb Waterford hammered Kildare by 13 points at Croke Park this afternoon to claim a stunning victory in the TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate football final.

The Déise, beaten finalists in 2010 and 2012, finally regained senior championship status as Kildare, who regraded to the intermediate ranks this year, suffered a heavy defeat. A close encounter had been anticipated at GAA HQ but Waterford had far too much power, pace and scoring ability for their opponents to cope with.

Aileen Wall scored 2-2 to help secure the Mary Quinn Memorial Cup and there was a magnificent contribution from evergreen Michelle Ryan off the bench. Ryan, daughter of Westmeath senior hurling manager Michael, scored 1-3 after coming on, including a killer goal that quelled any hopes of a Kildare revival.

In a miserable finish for Kildare, they also lost the services of captain Aisling Holton, who was yellow-carded and sin-binned. Waterford were fully merited winners, despite falling behind to Maria Moolick’s point with just 15 seconds on the clock. Wall equalised and when Sinéad Ryan tapped over a free in the eighth minute, Waterford led from there all the way to the finish.

Wall’s brilliant goal in the 12th minute opened up a 1-3 to 0-2 lead, as the Ballymacarbry player finished brilliantly after cutting in from the right touchline. At half-time, Waterford were 1-9 to 0-5 clear and while Kildare did threaten a second half comeback, they were kept comfortably at arm’s length by a resolute Déise defence.

Karen McGrath earned the player of the match award and although she was named at full-back, the Ballymacarbry stalwart played out around midfield. The closest Kildare got to Waterford in the second half was five points on two occasions but Ryan’s goal put the end result beyond any doubt.

Kildare did have the chance to score an elusive goal but Katie Hannon denied Roisín Byrne. Waterford have excellent displays on the day from a number of players and while Wall and Ryan might claim the headlines, the contribution of Maria Delahunty shouldn’t be ignored either. Delahunty scored a remarkable tally of 0-6 in the first half alone, a haul split evenly between frees and play.

Scorers for Waterford: A Wall 2-2, M Ryan 1-3, M Delahunty 0-6 (3f), S Ryan 0-2 (1f), E Power 0-1.

Scorers for Kildare: M Moolick & R Byrne (1f) 0-3 each, E Dowling 0-2, G Clifford & M McKenna 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: K Hannon; M Wall, M McGrath, L Wall; E Power, M Dunford, L Ryan; K McGrath, E Murray; C McGrath, M Foley, G Kenneally; M Delahunty, S Ryan, A Wall
Subs: M Ryan for Foley (31), H Landers for S Ryan (52), A Murray for C McGrath (55), N Fennell for L Ryan (56), N Dunphy for M Wall (58).

KILDARE: R McGuirk; T Hallinan, A Savage, R Reidy; P Keatley, A Curley, L Furey; A Holton, J Timmins; E Connolly, R Byrne, G Clifford; E Dowling, M Moolick, T Duggan.
Subs: M McKenna for Clifford (29), R Cribbin for Furey (39), N Mulhall for Dowling (44), M Price for Keatley (55).

Referee: M Kenny (Mayo)


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TG4 Senior Ladies Football Final – Cork 0-12 Dublin 0-10

Cork defeated Dublin by 0-12 to 0-10 in the TG4 Senior Ladies Football Championship Final on Sunday September 27th at Croke Park.



TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC final

Cork 0-12 Dublin 0-10

By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park

CORK are TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football champions for the tenth time in eleven seasons.

The Rebelettes claimed the five-in-a-row at Croke Park this afternoon, scoring a two-point victory over Dublin in front of a bumper 31,083 attendance. Cork made their move after half-time, reeling off four unanswered points to build a matchwinning lead in what was largely a defensive affair.

Dublin battled all the way to the finish but couldn’t do enough to prevent a second successive final defeat against Cork. For Dubs boss Gregory McGonigle, it’s another bitter pill to swallow as he was also in charge of the Monaghan teams beaten by Cork in 2011 and 2013.
McGonigle and Dublin were quietly confident of avenging last year’s agonising defeat, when Cork came from ten points down in the final quarter.

But Cork had the wherewithal and nous to close out another tight encounter, as dual stars Briege Corkery (named player of the match) and Rena Buckley tasted All-Ireland senior glory for the 16th time. The duo featured in each of Cork’s ten football wins and have also captured six senior camogie medals.

Cork lost Doireann O’Sullivan to the sin bin in the final minute but it mattered little as Eamonn Ryan’s charges effectively wound down the clock to secure the Brendan Martin Cup yet again. The sides were level at the end of a first half that threatened to explode but never really did. They were deadlocked five times kicked six poor wides (Cork had five) and managed just one point from play, with Carla Rowe landing four frees.

Cork had a brace of frees from leading scorer Valerie Mulcahy, who also kicked a couple of poor wides, with Buckley, skipper Ciara O’Sullivan and Doireann O’Sullivan on target from play. Cork suffered a blow in the 15th minute when Geraldine O’Flynn, matchwinner last year, went off to be replaced by Róisín Phelan. But Cork absorbed the blow and went in at half-time level at 0-5 apiece, before unloading with a decisive burst after the restart.

Mulcahy scored three and Doireann O’Sullivan added another as the Rebelettes moved into a 0-9 to 0-5 lead. Points from Amy Connolly and Lyndsey Davey had Dublin back on track but while the Sky Blues did get to within a point late on, Cork closed the game out when Mulcahy nailed another free. She did miss one midway through the half, and dropped another short, but Dublin couldn’t capitalise on Cork’s profligacy with scores of their own at the other end.

Cork were in merciless form at the back, hellbent on ensuring that Dublin wouldn’t find a way through for what would prove to be an elusive goal. McGonigle emptied the bench as Dublin searched for a way back into contention but Cork had done enough to retain the silverware.

Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy 0-7 (6f), D O’Sullivan 0-2, R Buckley, C O’Sullivan & E Scally 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dublin: C Rowe 0-6 (5f), A Connolly, N McEvoy, L Davey & S McCaffrey 0-1 each.

CORK: M O’Brien; M Ambrose, B Stack, A Barrett; V Foley, D O’Reilly, G O’Flynn; R Buckley, B Corkery; C O’Sullivan, A Hutchings, A Walsh; V Mulcahy, Á O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan.
Subs: R Phelan for O’Flynn (15), E Scally for Á O’Sullivan (39), O Finn for Hutchings (42), R Ní Bhuachalla for Walsh (49).

DUBLIN: C Trant; O Carey, M Uí Scanaill, F Hudson; S Furlong, S Finnegan, C Barrett; M Lamb, S Goldrick; N Healy, A Connolly, C Rowe; N McEvoy, L Davey, H Noonan.
Subs: K Flood for Noonan (h.t.), N Owens for Barrett (39), N Collins for Hudson (47), S McCaffrey for Connolly (51), N Rickard for Goldrick (56).

Referee: J Niland (Sligo)



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